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Crimson Moon Content Update Coming To Starlink: Battle of Atlas This Month

Ubisoft isn’t done with Starlink: Battle of Atlas. After announcing they are done working on physical toys, Ubisoft will be dropping the new content update on April 30th. Titled Crimson Moon the free update will let players travel to the Crimson Moon, home of the Outlaw Games:

Players will be able to compete in all-new single-player and two-player split-screen racing tracks, fight waves of ruthless enemies in the Crimson Coliseum and see their rank and stats on leaderboards. The Crimson Moon will also impact the entire world of Atlas and let players engage with new faction story missions and weekly challenges.

The update also includes five new pilots, three new starships and eleven new weapons available separately for digital-only purchases. Additionally the game will be released on PC on the same day as the update.

On top of all of this, exclusive to Switch there will be a new campaign where players will get to play as StarFox companions Peppy, Falco and Slippy each with their own unique abilities. This DLC will be a separate download, and go for $15.99. You can check out the trailer and screenshots below.

UBISOFT ANNOUNCES NEW CRIMSON MOON CONTENT UPDATE FOR STARLINK: BATTLE FOR ATLAS®, LAUNCHING APRIL 30

Join Forces with Star Fox Team’s Peppy, Falco and Slippy in Add-On Content Launching Alongside the Update, Exclusively for Nintendo Switch™ 

Montreal — April 24, 2019 — Today, Ubisoft announced that Starlink: Battle for Atlas® will receive a significant content update centered on the mysterious appearance of the Crimson Moon in the Atlas star system. The update will be available for download on the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X.

The new Crimson Moon content will also be included in the all-new Windows PC version of the game, releasing the same day, April 30, 2019. On PC, Starlink: Battle for Atlas will feature the same content as the console version and will support the Dualshock and Xbox One controller mounts, as well as digital play. For more information about Starlink: Battle for Atlas PC specs, please visit https://starlink.ubisoft.com/game/en-ca/news-videos/348652/Starlink-Battle-For-Atlas-Comes-to-PC.

As part of the free update, players can explore the Crimson Moon, theater of the Outlaw Games. Players will be able to compete in all-new single-player and two-player split-screen racing tracks, fight waves of ruthless enemies in the Crimson Coliseum and see their rank and stats on leaderboards. The Crimson Moon will also impact the entire world of Atlas and let players engage with new faction story missions and weekly challenges. Additionally, players will be able to expand their roster and play through the new Crimson Moon content with five new pilots, three new starships and eleven new weapons available separately for digital-only purchase. 

Alongside the Crimson Moon update, prepare to take control of the Star Fox team members Peppy, Falco and Slippy in brand-new content coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch. Hunt down the Star Wolf team in a series of missions with the help of three new Star Fox team pilots, each with their own unique special ability and skill tree. The new Star Fox content will be available separately for digital-only purchase for $15.99 on Nintendo Switch beginning April 30, 2019.

For more information about the Starlink: Battle for Atlas, please visit www.starlinkgame.com.

For the latest on all of Ubisoft’s games, please visit news.ubisoft.com.

About Ubisoft

Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2017–18 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,732 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoft.com.

© 2018–2019 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. The Starlink Battle for Atlas logo, Ubisoft, and the Ubisoft logo are registered or unregistered trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries. Nintendo properties are licensed to Ubisoft Entertainment by Nintendo. Star Fox characters © Nintendo. Trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Ubisoft To Stop Selling Physical Toys For Starlink Battle for Atlas - Promises New Digital Content

Starlink Battle for Atlas came out last year for Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC and it looks like sales of the physical toys that connect with the game hasn’t been doing that well. Ubisoft announced on the official blog that sales for the space adventure game haven’t met their exceptions (something we’ve discussed on the podcast a lot) and that physical toys will no longer be produced.

It’s not all bad news however, as there will be new ships, weapons, pilots to collect - they will just be digital. You can check out the full post below.

Pilots of the Starlink Initiative,

Thank you so much for the warm response to the new Starlink content announced during the February Nintendo Direct.

With the announcement of new content arriving this April, we felt that it is important to provide an update on the topic of physical toys. Starlink: Battle for Atlas has been a passion project for us from the start, and we are incredibly proud of the modular Starship technology we have developed, and how well players have responded to it.

Despite the immense and continuous support from our players, the sales for Starlink: Battle for Atlas fell below expectations. Consequently, we recently made the decision to not release any additional physical toys for the Spring update and in the future.

As part of our effort to do right by our passionate and dedicated community we are currently hard at work on our biggest update to the game so far and are pleased to tell all of you that there will be new digital ships, pilots and weapons to collect.

Additionally, there will be a ton of free content to expand your games such as additional missions, challenges and new activities to engage in throughout Atlas, including content that was inspired by community suggestions, such as Outlaw Racing.

We're very grateful for the support we have received from players around the world and can't wait for everyone to get their hands on our next big update launching this April.

We'll see you in the stars,

Starlink Development Team

Starlink: Battle for Atlas Getting More Starfox Content In An Upcoming Update

During today’s Nintendo Direct it was announced that Starlink: Battle for Atlas will be getting another update, and it’ll include some extra Starfox content. You’ll be able to play as Falco, Peppy, and Slippy taking on Star Wolf’s crew. The new update is expected in April, and can check out the direct below.

Star Fox content starts at 13:58.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas Gets Free Content Update

Ubisoft has given Starlink owners an early Christmas gift - in the form of a free update for their space RPG Starlink: Battle for Atlas. The update is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch versions of the game and comes with new enemy units, new activities, and a photo mode. Full press release below.

STARLINK: BATTLE FOR ATLAS™ TAKES OFF WITH NEW FREE CONTENT FOR THE HOLIDAYS

MONTREAL – December 20, 2018 – Today, Ubisoft announced that Starlink: Battle for Atlas™, the all-new action-adventure game from Ubisoft Toronto released on October 16, 2018, will receive a large content update before the holidays. Introducing several fan-requested features, the update will be available free to all players on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One on December 21, 2018. 

New contents include:

  • NEW ENEMY UNITS – All planets of the Atlas star system will receive brand new enemy types, introducing unique gameplay mechanics and encouraging players to adopt new strategies.

  • NEW ACTIVITY – Outlaw fortifications will appear all over Atlas for players to take down. This new activity will provide loot and experience upon completion.

  • PHOTO MODE – Players will be able to capture the favorite moments of their journey throughout Atlas and express their creativity with several tools to personalize their shots.

For more information about Starlink: Battle for Atlas, please visit: www.starlinkgame.com

For the latest on all of Ubisoft’s games, please visit www.ubinews.com

About Ubisoft

Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2017–18 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,732 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoft.com.

© 2018 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. The Starlink: Battle for Atlas logo, Ubisoft, and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries. Nintendo Switch is a trademark of Nintendo.


Starlink: Battle for Atlas Out Now

Ubisoft Toronto’s first game as primary developer since 2013’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Starlink: Battle of Atlas goes with a toys-to-life situation, where you can buy collectible ships, pilots, and weapons to have in the game. Bonus for Switch players is Star Fox is an integrated part of the story, with his own Arwing toy.

In Starlink: Battle for Atlas, you’re part of a group of heroic interstellar pilots, dedicated to saving the Atlas star system from the Forgotten Legion, an evil robot force. Starlink: Battle for Atlas offers a whole new gameplay experience: build your own modular Starship model, mount it on your controller, and take part in epic space combats. Equip your model with different parts and your Starship changes in game in real time. Assemble your fleet, mix and match your pilots, Starships and weapons to create your own play style and defeat the enemy.

EXPERIENCE A COMPLETELY NEW WAY TO PLAY WITH STARLINK: BATTLE FOR ATLAS™ AVAILABLE NOW

Team Up with Fox McCloud and Pilot the Legendary Arwing in Exclusive Add-on Content for Nintendo Switch™

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Montreal – October 16, 2018 – Today Ubisoft® announced that Starlink: Battle for Atlas™, an all-new action-adventure game developed by Ubisoft Toronto, is now available on Nintendo Switch, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices. This open-world space saga features modular toy technology that allows players to assemble and customize real-world physical starships, link the starships to their game controller, and launch into an epic adventure across the Atlas star system, either in single player or with a friend in two-player split-screen local co-op. Each modular component and pilot attached to the starship appears instantly in-game, allowing players to directly affect the course of their battle in a meaningful way. The Starlink: Battle for Atlas Retail Starter Pack includes the game, one starship, one pilot, a variety of weapons, the Starlink controller mount, and a poster for the suggested retail price of $99.99 CAD.

“Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a project born from our team’s passion for space and adventure games – it’s a game we imagined playing as kids, and we are thrilled to share it with players of all ages today,” said Matthew Rose, Producer at Ubisoft Toronto. “We can’t wait to see how players will use their imaginations to combine wings, weapons and pilots to create the starship of their dreams to help them defeat the Forgotten Legion and save the Atlas star system.”

Starlink starship components and pilots are all compatible with each other*, allowing players to take full advantage of their imagination to creatively mix and match parts to adapt and overcome any challenge they will face in the game. The modular toys and dynamic combat mechanics let players explore multiple ways to achieve objectives and approach any obstacle by experimenting with different pilot abilities, weapons, and ships, unleashing devastating combos upon their enemies.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas also offers open-world gameplay, spanning a full star system which players can explore with total freedom. Built from the ground up in the Snowdrop engine, the game allows seamless travel through and around the exotic alien worlds of the Atlas star system, teeming with life and unique challenges across seven different planets. 

The diverse cast of characters in Starlink will team up with ace pilot and leader of the Star Fox team, Fox McCloud, and pilot his iconic Arwing ship in exclusive add-on content for the Nintendo Switch. Players can play through the entire campaign as Fox McCloud and embark on exclusive missions in Atlas to take down Star Fox team rival Wolf O’Donnell. 

Players can start building their collection with the Starlink: Battle for Atlas Retail Starter Pack, which includes the game, one starship, one pilot, a variety of weapons, the Starlink controller mount, and a poster. The Nintendo Switch Starter Pack will also include the Arwing star ship as well as the Fox McCloud pilot. Players can expand their collection and experience with additional ships, weapons, and pilots available separately for purchase. In addition, Starlink: Battle for Atlas allows players to continue their adventure without their physical toys at any time, unlocking digital versions of each physical component when connected to the game – a great feature for those players wanting to play their game on the go on Nintendo Switch. 

For more information on the full Starlink: Battle for Atlas collection and the different ways to play the game, please visit www.starlinkgame.com.

For the latest information about Ubisoft games, please visit www.ubinews.com.

*The Arwing Starship and Fox McCloud Pilot will only be compatible with the Nintendo Switch version of the game

About Ubisoft

Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2017-18 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,732 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoft.com.

© 2018 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. The Starlink Battle for Atlas Logo, Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are registered or unregistered trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. Nintendo properties are licensed to Ubisoft Entertainment by Nintendo. Starfox characters © Nintendo. Trademarks are property of their respective owners.

E3: Starlink Battle for Atlas Arrives October 16 - Features Starfox On Switch

Announced last year, we always know Starlink: Battle of Atlas would be coming in 2018, and now we have the exact date. Announced at E3, the Ubisoft Toronto space adventure game will be coming October 16th to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch.

Nintendo Switch will also have an added bonus, as Fox McCloud from the StarFox series will be available on the Switch version of the game. You can check out the trailers and Press Release below. We'll have more on Starlink as I get through all the E3 news.

 

BLAST OFF WITH STARLINK: BATTLE FOR ATLAS™ ON OCTOBER 16

The Starlink Initiative Teams Up with Ace Pilot and Star Fox Leader Fox McCloud in Free Exclusive Nintendo Switch® Add-On Content


LOS ANGELES, CA – June 11, 2018 – Today, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Ubisoft announced that Starlink: Battle for Atlas™, an all-new action-adventure game developed by Ubisoft Toronto, will be available for Nintendo Switch®, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X on October 16, 2018. This open world space saga featuring modular toy technology empowers players to assemble and customize real-world physical starships. Each modular component and pilot attached to the starship appears instantly in-game and players can experiment with different pilot abilities, weapons and ships to unleash devastating combos upon their enemies. The Starlink: Battle for Atlas Retail Starter Pack includes the game, one starship, one pilot, a variety of weapons, the Starlink controller mount and a poster for the suggested retail price of $74.99 USD, Pre-orders for the Starter Pack begin today.

The Starlink diverse cast of characters will team up with ace pilot and leader of the Star Fox team, Fox McCloud, and his iconic Arwing ship in free exclusive add-on content for the Nintendo Switch. Players can play through the entire campaign as Fox McCloud and embark on exclusive missions in Atlas featuring other friends from the Star Fox universe.

“We are excited to give players a deeper look at Starlink: Battle for Atlas, the first all-new property from Ubisoft Toronto,” said Laurent Malville, Creative Director at Ubisoft Toronto. “Starlink is a project born from the passion of our collective team, and the opportunity to work directly with Nintendo to bring Star Fox to our universe is a dream come true. We believe the Atlas open star system is a perfect playground for Fox to explore and hope players will too.”

The modular toys and dynamic combat mechanics in Starlink: Battle for Atlas let players explore multiple ways to achieve objectives and approach any obstacle or enemy, driven by their own imagination and creativity. Alongside the innovative new way to play, Starlink: Battle for Atlas offers open-world gameplay, spanning a full star system that players can explore with total freedom. Built from the ground up in the Snowdrop engine, the game allows seamless travel through and around the exotic alien worlds of the Atlas Star System, teeming with life and unique challenges across seven different planets. Players’ actions and choices will impact their journey and no two player experiences will be alike. Enemies will react and fight back intelligently – taking over the star system if the player does nothing to stop them. The fate of Atlas rests in your hands.

All versions of the Starlink: Battle for Atlas Starter Pack include the game, the Starlink controller mount and a poster. Additionally, on PlayStation® 4 system and Xbox One the Starter Pack includes:

  *   Zenith Starship – includes modular hull and two Armor wings
  *   Mason Rana Pilot
  *   Shredder Weapon
  *   Flamethrower Weapon
  *   Frost Barrage Weapon
The Nintendo Switch Starter Pack includes:

  *   Arwing Starship – includes modular hull and two Arwing wings, with laser cannon weapons and charge shot built in
  *   Fox McCloud Pilot
  *   Mason Rana Pilot
  *   Flamethrower Weapon
  *   Frost Barrage Weapon
  *   Digital versions of Zenith Starship and Shredder weapon
  *   Exclusive Star Fox mission content

The team at Ubisoft Toronto collaborated closely with Virtuos on the Nintendo Switch version of Starlink: Battle for Atlas. The partnership allowed Ubisoft to push the Nintendo Switch version to new heights, and fully support handheld, tabletop and docked play.

Players will be able to build their collection, and all pieces are compatible.* At launch, Starlink: Battle for Atlas will have additional ships, weapons and pilots available for purchase at the following suggested retail prices:

  *   Starship Pack (including one starship with modular hull and two wings, one pilot and one weapon): $24.99
  *   Weapon Pack (including two weapons): $9.99
  *   Pilot Pack (including one pilot): $7.99

Supporting assets for this announcement can be found here:

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For more information about Starlink: Battle for Atlas, please visit: www.starlinkgame.com

For the latest on all of Ubisoft’s games, please visit www.ubinews.com

 

About Ubisoft
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2017–18 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,732 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoft.com

*The Arwing Starship and Fox McCloud Pilot will only be compatible with the Nintendo Switch version of the game.

© 2018 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. The Starlink Battle for Atlas Logo, Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are registered or unregistered trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. Nintendo properties are licensed to Ubisoft Entertainment by Nintendo. Starfox characters © Nintendo. Trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Road to E3: Starlink Battle for Atlas

Starlink Battle for Atlas, the first game from Ubisoft Toronto where they are the lead developer since Splinter Cell: Blacklist, was announced at last years E3 and we already know we're going to see more of the game at this years show. Ubisoft's E3 press conference will be at Monday June 4:00 EST and we'll have all the details here.

Ubisoft Toronto Announces Starlink: Battle for Atlas

Ubisoft have officially revealed what Ubisoft Toronto have been up to all these years - not since Splinter Cell: Blacklist have they been the main developers on a game.

Enter Starlink: Battle for Atlas, a space open-world adventure game where you can use real life figurines to build your ship:

"As you explore the Atlas Star System, you’ll do so with a physical ship clipped to your controller. Using Smart Building Technology, you’ll be able to immediately swap out parts on the ship – including wings, weapons, pilots, and even the starship hull itself – and see them change in-game to meet the shifting demands of your situation as you experiment with different combinations, weapons, and status effects. It’ll all come in handy as you’re dealing with the evil forces of a warlord named Grax, while also searching for allies to help you survive in a hostile system."

Starlink: Battle for Atlas will be coming to Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 during Fall 2018.